High wind warning takes effect in Floyd and surrounding counties Sunday at 7 a.m. for the following 24 hours with northwest 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 65 mph.
With light rain still falling and ending sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. Sunday, the gusts could bring down trees or at least large limbs with potential for damage and broken power lines.
From the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg:
…HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SUNDAY TO 7 AM EST MONDAY… * Winds…Northwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 65 mph. * Wind Chills…As low as 15 below zero Sunday night. * Timing…Winds increase early Sunday morning. Peak winds occur Sunday mid-morning into Sunday night. Wind chills expected to reach lowest values Sunday night. * Impacts…Potential for downed trees and powerlines. Very difficult travel through mountain passes. The cold wind chills Sunday night could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken. * Locations…The southern Blue Ridge from Roanoke to Carroll Counties. * Hazards…Damaging winds and dangerous wind chills.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph are likely to cause power outages…fallen trees… property damage…and dangerous driving conditions for high profile vehicles. Move unfastened items…such as garbage cans and deck furniture…indoors. If venturing out Sunday and especially Sunday night into Monday morning, wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight warm clothing, a hat, and mittens or gloves.
…Strong to damaging winds, snow and low wind chills… .An arctic front crosses the area by Sunday morning, with a surge of strong winds and very cold air moving in behind it. Strong to damaging wind gusts are expected to occur, which when combined with cold air temperatures will lead to very low wind chills, especially Sunday night. A period of accumulating snow is expected across the Grayson Highlands and the northern mountains of North Carolina. Windy conditions and accumulating snow are expected to end by Monday.
Roanoke Times weather guru Kevin Myatt says it will be windy with bitter cold moving in Sunday night:
This weekend is NOT a snowstorm for our region. The low-pressure system will be tracking from central Tennessee to somewhere near the Delmarva Peninsula area, pretty much right overhead. This is simply not a viable track for a significant winter storm in our region — that will be happening from the Ohio Valley to the Interior Northeast. We will be firmly in the warm sector with rain on Saturday — about an inch of it. At most, there might be some pockets of sleet or freezing rain mixed in with the rain at the outset early Saturday, more likely north and west of Roanoke, for a few hours at the start. (UPDATE 3:50 PM, 1/18/2019: A winter weather advisory has been issued for localities north of Roanoke — including Craig, Botetourt, Rockbridge, Amherst, Bath and northward — for the potential of patches of freezing rain and sleet within the rain during the day Saturday, mainly in higher elevations. So use caution if traveling north. END UPDATE)
Best bets? Stay warm and stay dry,